Minnesota Public Radio takes a look back at the year and finds two trends in how communities across the state are wrestling with budgets. Property taxes, which have been rising for more than a decade, continue to go up as local governments try to make up for losses in state aid. Many municipalities are also cutting into their own budgets and payrolls to find savings on the other end.
St. Michael standoff suspect charged, bail set at $10 million
A judge on Monday set the high bail due to "very significant concerns of public safety" regarding Brandon Gardas.
Crisp & Green opening 13th store in Twin Cities in July
The fast-casual salad and grains restaurant has exploded onto the food scene.
Twins to host post-game concert with country star at Target Field
Country singer Cole Swindell is expected to perform for up to 75 minutes after the conclusion of the Blue Jays-Twins contest.
Canton Restaurant closes after nearly 40 years in Burnsville
It's the end of an era in the Twin Cities restaurant world.
Luck strikes in Minnesota: lottery winners in Duluth, Grand Marais
The North Shore just so happened to be a lucky place to be this past weekend.
60-year-old woman arrested after firing shots inside Spicer home
SWAT evacuated nearby residents during the incident.
Florida Georgia Line booked to play at the Minnesota State Fair
The band is the second country music act to be booked this year.
Isolated severe weather in Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday
Definitely not a slam dunk either day, but the chance is there.
ND voters embrace their property taxes
Voters in North Dakoka -- flush with oil boom money and enjoying the lowest unemployment in the nation -- had the chance Tuesday to become the first state to cast off property taxes. But in the end, voters decided to keep the $800 million a year the taxes raise.
Home values fall, property taxes rise; homeowners ask "What gives?"
The Legislature's decision to replace the homestead tax credit with a market value exception saved the state money ... by shifting the cost onto local property taxes. That's the main ingredient in a mix of factors pushing up property tax bills around the region.
Report shows Minnesota property taxes rising fastest outside the Twin Cities
Property taxes are up all over Minnesota this year. But while the Twin Cities area deals with hikes of a little over 3 percent, the increases approach 9 percent in the rest of the state. Some of the biggest increases are in Duluth and on the Iron Range.
Ely residents hit with dramatic tax hikes confront city leaders
Some homeowners say their property taxes are going up 40 or even 60 percent. Much of that increase comes after the state government cut the Market Value Homestead Credit, and Ely officials say they need to raise taxes to make up for cuts in Local Government Aid
GOP lawmakers looking to slash business property taxes
The proposal would cut taxes by about 30 percent over the next six to 12 years. The House Taxes Committee Chairman Greg Davids told the Pioneer Press it would be the "bigger job creator." DFL Gov. Mark Dayton hasn't ruled out the Republican plan, but doesn't know how they plan to pay for the tax cut.
Property-tax warnings hit record high in Hennepin County
The number of delinquent taxpayers in Hennepin County has dropped, but more taxpayers are at risk of losing their properties to pay off their tax bills. Hundreds of property owners owe the county nearly $43 million in back taxes and penalties. The Star Tribune reports the county sent out a record 931 notices last year warning owners the deadline to redeem their properties was about to expire.
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